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IBISWorld’s Urethane Foam Manufacturing market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Downstream demand has driven revenue growth, benefitting operators
  • Households have been able to direct greater disposable income into new furniture purchases
  • Renewed construction activity will increase demand for foam used in insulation and furnishings

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Urethane Foam Manufacturing industry has expanded over the five years to 2017. Improving economic conditions have sustained increased demand from important downstream markets, such as construction and automobile production. In addition, downstream demand from residential and nonresidential construction activity is expected to boost sales of urethane products used in insulation, furniture and carpets. Similarly, demand for cars will increase purchases of urethane used in seat cushions and vehicle insulation. Over the five years to 2022, industry revenue is expected to continue rising...

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    Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Flexible foams

    Flexible foam products are estimated to account for 48.0% of industry revenue in 2017. The major products in this segment include high-resiliency foam for bedding and furniture upholstery, as well as fabric coatings and synthetic fibers. Sales of products within this category have increased steadily during the past five years as the key furniture-related industries have expanded, fueled by falling unemployment and increased consumer spending and confidence over the period. Nevertheless, this product segment is has contracted slightly over the five years to 2017, as other product segments have expanded at a faster rate.

    Rigid foams

    Rigid foam products are expected to account for 13.4% of industry revenue in 2017. The..

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    Additional Insights for the Urethane Foam Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Urethane Foam Manufacturing Industry are

  • Undertaking technical research and development
  • Must comply with required product standards
  • Proximity to key markets
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    What is the Urethane Foam Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry manufactures plastic foam products (except polystyrene). These products are used to insulate objects or reduce shock in bedding, packaging, seat cushioning, carpet cushioning, car interiors, fluid filtration systems, anti-noise and vibration systems in aircraft, medical devices and several consumer applications such as sponges, mops, paint brushes and cosmetic applicators.

    Industry Products
    Flexible Foams
    Semi-rigid Foams
    Rigid Foams
    Nonurethane Foams
    Industry Activities
    Manufacturing plastic foam products (except polystyrene) for furniture and automotive seat cushions
    Manufacturing plastic foam products (except polystyrene) for insulating automobiles and buildings
    Manufacturing plastic foam shipping pads and shaped cushioning (except polystyrene)
    Manufacturing plastic foam ice chests (coolers) and ice buckets (except polystyrene)
    Manufacturing carpet and rug, urethane and other foam plastics (except polystyrene)
    Manufacturing plastic foam products (except polystyrene) to shape, insulate and pad apparel products
    Manufacturing hydrophilic plastic foams (except polystyrene) for absorptive medical products
    Manufacturing plastic foam products (except polystyrene) for reducing noise and vibrations in electronic appliances
    Manufacturing plastic vacuum foam jugs (except polystyrene)
    Manufacturing other nonfoam plastic products (except polystyrene) such as adhesives and coatings.

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from furniture and related product manufacturing
  • Demand from car and automobile manufacturing
  • Demand from construction
  • Demand from packaging and labeling services
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Construction and furniture
  • Automobile production
  • Low import competition
  • Costs and profit
  • Rising participation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Construction and furniture
  • Transportation and packaging
  • Industry landscape
  • Table: Urethane Foam Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Urethane Foam Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Construction
  • Carpet Mills
  • Major Household Appliance Manufacturing
  • Car & Automobile Manufacturing
  • SUV & Light Truck Manufacturing
  • Automobile Interior Manufacturing
  • Household Furniture Manufacturing
  • Office Furniture Manufacturing
  • Mattress Manufacturing
  • Packaging & Labeling Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chemical Product Manufacturing
  • Chemical Wholesaling
  • Plastic & Resin Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Flexible Foams
  • Semi-rigid Foams
  • Rigid Foams
  • Nonurethane Foams
  • Other
  • Chart: Urethane Foam Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Furniture and furnishing manufacturers
  • Other
  • Automotive and automotive parts manufacturers
  • Building and construction industries
  • Exports
  • Consumers and institutions
  • Packaging manufacturers and suppliers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Urethane Foam Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Urethane Foam Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Urethane Foam Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    The Dow Chemical CompanyHuntsman CorporationFXI Foamex Innovations
  • Table: The Dow Chemical Company - financial performance
  • Table: Huntsman Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: FXI Foamex Innovations - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Urethane Foam Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Urethane Foam Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Demand from furniture manufacturing (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • Any compound containing two isocyanate anions or functional groups, especially an organic compound used in the preparation of polyurethane.
  • Polyols
  • Alcohols containing multiple hydroxyl groups that are key chemicals in foam, which helps produce the reaction that causes flexible polyurethane foam to form.
  • Polyurethane Foam
  • A solid or spongy cellular material produced by adding water to polyurethane plastics and is used for thermal insulation, soundproofing and padding.
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